A Los Angeles TV reporter is elevating a baby with a serial womanizing con-artist, giving him a house, a luxurious automotive and even cash from her personal basis.
Wendy Burch, 52, a former anchor with KTLA who labored briefly at Fox 5 in New York, went public with her infertility struggles and the conception of her son utilizing an egg donor and sperm from her then-fiance, Bruce Taylor. She additionally appeared on “Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
However few knew that Taylor, 6-foot-5 with his movie-star appears, can be a convicted felon whose actual title is James — and has a path of indignant women claiming he stole their cash.
“This contemporary day Bonnie and Clyde has been doing this for years, destroying folks’s lives with no regret,” mentioned Christine Weber, a Los Angeles businesswoman who has sued each Burch and Taylor, alleging they labored collectively to bilk her out of $150,000.
Weber contends in her swimsuit that “Burch was conscious that Taylor was utilizing her telephone and different assets that she supplied to him to ensure that him to seem ‘profitable’ and knowingly enabled him to conduct his fraudulent enterprise and scheme.” The assets included her Vary Rover, she mentioned.
She contends that “Taylor supplied some of the $150,000 to Burch, and or their little one.”
Weber, who grew up on Lengthy Island, mentioned she met Taylor at a Santa Monica restaurant in 2015 they usually exchanged telephone numbers. What adopted was an initially platonic relationship throughout which he supplied her a enterprise alternative.
She mentioned he would textual content her images of himself with celebrities, together with John Stamos and Charlie Sheen, to give himself an air of legitimacy. And, Weber mentioned, his relationship to Burch made him credible as a result of a journalist would have seemingly vetted Taylor.
“That is all half of his con,” she mentioned.
Taylor requested her for $150,000 in money for a medical-marijuana supply enterprise, and promised a 15 p.c return on her funding, Weber mentioned.
Weber gave him the cash simply earlier than they went to Las Vegas in November 2015 for what was supposed to be their first romantic weekend. After they returned, she mentioned she by no means noticed the money — or Taylor — once more.
“Was I silly? Completely,” she mentioned.
Weber employed a non-public investigator, and discovered Taylor had a rap sheet and was additionally romancing a well known cleaning soap opera actress.
Taylor did two stints in federal jail. He was convicted of financial institution fraud in Texas in 1999 and, most just lately in San Diego, for making an “interstate risk to kidnap, kill or injure,” courtroom information present. He obtained a two-year sentence and was launched in 2018.
He threatened not less than 10 folks to extort cash, in a single occasion telling a sufferer “we’re going to discover you bro, you make it very, very, very dangerous on your loved ones,” in accordance to the sentencing memo within the case which famous Taylor had three prior assault convictions.
When Weber posted about her expertise with Taylor on the web site scambook.com, greater than 20 women contacted her with related tales about him, she mentioned.
She mentioned she believes some of the cash she gave Taylor went to pay for a lavish first birthday celebration for Burch and Taylor’s son. The January 2016 soiree was attended by 150 folks, together with tremendous mannequin Cheryl Tiegs.
Weber’s 2018 lawsuit, searching for not less than $1 million in damages, continues to be pending in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom.
Burch instructed The Publish she had nothing to do with Weber and Taylor’s deal and didn’t use the cash for the birthday celebration.
Beth Morris, one other L.A. accuser, says in a special lawsuit that she met Taylor — who known as himself Brian — by way of a private advert in 2012. It was, at first, informal, however he ultimately professed his love and mentioned he would mentor her in enterprise, she claimed.
Morris alleges Taylor scammed her out of $306,558 by asking for numerous loans and money advances on her bank cards, together with $11,500 to — surprisingly — purchase an ambulance, in accordance to her 2016 lawsuit filed in Superior Courtroom in Los Angeles.
“Okay babe that is what I want from you. I want $100,000,” he wrote in an 2014 e mail, included in courtroom paperwork.
A month later Taylor wrote, “As my good friend and lover I would like to let you know that you’ve been a blessing to me and I’m shifting to be nearer to you so we are able to begin having fun with life extra.”
As an alternative of having fun with life, Morris had to drain her retirement funds to repay the debt she incurred from the “serial predator,” courtroom papers say.
She received a $342,774 judgment in opposition to Taylor, however instructed The Publish she hasn’t seen a penny.
One of the funds Taylor requested Morris for in 2014 was $80,000 to go to the agency of famed LA legal protection lawyer Mark Geragos, courtroom information present. However the money was actually to pay again $70,000 taken from Burch’s charity, The Good Information Basis, in accordance to a supply shut to the newswoman.
Burch’s fellow board members turned on her in 2014, complaining to then California Legal professional Common Kamala Harris’ workplace about her “misappropriation” of the non-profit’s belongings, in accordance to a 2015 letter despatched to the AG from the non-profit’s lawyer. The letter notes the board “labored to have these funds returned” and the AG’s workplace determined it “wouldn’t pursue the matter.”
“This course of was grueling, and the Board needs to wind down the Company,” the letter says. It seeks to dissolve the charity.
Taylor, 53, married another person shortly earlier than going to jail in 2016, however is now residing with Burch in a $1 million apartment within the Westwood neighborhood close to UCLA, a supply mentioned.
Burch denied he lived with her and however mentioned he was there “most days” to care for his or her son.
Burch admitted secretly giving Taylor the inspiration’s cash in 2012 claiming he was going to make investments it for the group. She claimed it was a $1 million basis, however tax information present its 2012 income was solely $206,000.
Burch mentioned she instructed Taylor to pay again the cash in 2014 and didn’t know the supply of the funds which have been paid by way of a “client-attorney account.”
“Bruce Taylor is an individual of questionable character,” Burch mentioned. “I’m not.”
Taylor instructed The Publish that he “satisfied Wendy I might present regular returns for the inspiration. That was, sadly, not the case and Wendy demanded the cash be returned. I borrowed it from a good friend and paid it again.”
“The one factor Wendy has ever performed fallacious was consider in me. I’ve sworn statements and depositions that she has by no means been complicit in something I’ve ever performed or profited in any method,” he mentioned.